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Allamakee Co.
User-Contributed Anniversary Records

1950-1979


Notes:
-Anniversaries are arranged by date
-Some of the couples have more than one anniversary announcement
1879-1929 * 1930-1949 * 1980-present

Mr. and Mrs. Levi Klinkel, 55th, January 1950
A little bit of superstition entered into a wedding 55 years ago and maybe the bride and groom insured themselves against early divorce. The Levi Klinkels of Charles City were planning to be married Jan. 24, but along came a snowstorm and dimmed their plans to get to a Waukon church for the wedding. But because they thought it was bad luck to postpone the event, they had the ceremony read in the Baptist church parsonage in Rossville, their home town. ~Waterloo Sunday Courier, January 29, 1950
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bechtel, 55th, April 1950
Waukon. Joseph Bechtel, a pioneer of Allamakee county, observed his eighty-second birthday Thursday. The Bechtels own a home in Waukon, but live on the farm operated by their son, Frank. Other children are Mrs. Harold Gruber, Waukon; Mrs. Dewey Leppert, Lansing and Leon of La Crosse. Mr. and Mrs. Bechtel will note their fiftieth [sic fifty-fifth] wedding anniversary April 26. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 16, 1950 - contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Damon, 25th, September 1950
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Damon celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Monday and in honor of the occasion their four daughters held a party and dance for them Saturday night in La Crosse, their home. In attendance were Mr. and Mrs. Mike Howe, of Lafayette township, and friends and relatives from La Crosse. Mrs. Damon was the former Marcella Troendle of Lansing and they were married in that city. They are the parents of four daughters, Mr. Robert Hether, La Crosse; Mrs. Will Neff, Blackwell, Okla.; Jean Ann and Patty who are at home. They drove to Lansing Monday for a short visit with relative and friends. ~Allamakee Journal and Lansing Mirror, Wednesday, September 27, 1950 ~contributed by Joyce Reilly (not related)

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Lane, 50th, September 1950

Mr. and Mrs. Russell Lane

Russell & Barbara (Hahn) Lane, Waukon, observed their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 24, 1950, with a dinner at the home of their daughter, Mrs. John Griffin. Later in the day they held an open house at the home of their son, Russell Jr., where they also live. The Lanes have seven children living and 48 grandchildren. ~clipping from unknown newspaper, Sept. 1950 ~contributed by Errin Wilker

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Mr. and Mrs. Russell Lane of Waukon were priviledged to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary on Sunday. A spread dinner for the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren was held at the John Griffin home on West Main St. with over 50 in attendance. Open house was held at the Lane home in East Waukon from 4 until 8 p.m. Mrs. Lane as Barbara Hahn was married to Russell Lane Sept. 24, 1900 and for some years lived in French Creek township and later at Dorchester. The past 15 years Waukon has been their home. They are the parents of five daughters and four sons, one of whom Claude Lane of Waukon, died several years ago. They are: Mrs. John Griffin, Waukon; Mrs. Gail Gantenbein, Riverton, Wyo.; Mrs. Raphael Teff, Albert Lea, Minn.: Mrs. Ollard Nvberg, Postville; and Mrs. Durwin Bernatz who makes her home with her parents. The sons are Jesse and Russell, Jr., both of Waukon, and Earl of Denver, Colorado. ~Allamakee Journal and Lansing Mirror, Wednesday, September 27, 1950 ~contributed by Joyce Reilly (not related)

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Leppert, 25th, October 1950
LANSING, Ia., --(Special)--Mr. And Mrs. Dewey Leppert's silver wedding anniversary Oct. 14 was celebrated with a surprise party at their home Sunday when 53 relatives and close friends gathered for noon dinner. The attendants of 24 years ago were present, Mrs. Cora Leppert-Swenson and Leon Bechtel, the latter of La Crosse. Parents of Mrs. Leppert, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bechtel, who celebrated their 55th anniversary this year, were present, as was the mother of Mr. Leppert. Mrs. Sarah Leppert, 85, who presented them with a china hand-painted salt and pepper set she had received for a wedding gift 63 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Leppert have three children, Donald, Kenneth and Lucille. ~La Crosse Tribune, 30 Oct. 1950, P 3 C 3 ~contributed by 'LA'
Mr. and Mrs. Otto Voll, 63rd, December 1950
Waukon, Ia. - Mr. and Mrs. Otto Voll will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary Wednesday at the farm home in Hanover township where they have lived since their marriage. Eighty-five year old Voll was born in Norway March 9, 1865. His eighty-three year-old wife is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Holver Johnson, of near Waukon. Mr. and Mrs. Voll were married Dec. 20, 1887 at the home of the bride's parents. The Rev. H.L. Peterson officiated. They have two children; Mrs. Adolph Blilie, of Waukon; and Emmet of Seattle, Wash. Two sons, Harry and Kenneth, died some years ago. Their one grandchild, Mrs. Irvin Bangs, lives near Waukon. ~Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, December 20, 1950 ~contributed by S. Ferrall
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Roth, 50th, February 1953

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Roth, 50th Anniv

Photo caption: Mr. and Mrs. Herman Roth are shown as they observe their photograph taken following their wedding 50 years ago. The couple, who will note their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 4, will be honored at a family dinner Sunday at the farm home of their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. William Sherman. ~Waukon newspapers photo, hand-dated 1953 ~contributed by Jim Fowler

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Decker, 50th, March 1953

Mr. and Mrs. Ben Decker, 50th Anniv.  (Kruger Studio Photo)

Ben Deckers' Note Golden Wedding Date Wednesday; Open House Held March 22
LANSING—Mr. and Mrs. Ben Decker were privileged to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary this week. The date fell on Wednesday, but for convenience, open house was held at their home Sunday, Mrs. Decker's birthday. About 150 relatives and friends called to congratulate them and a great number of congratulatory cards and messages were received, as well as flowers and gifts. During the afternoon their daughters, Mrs. Tade Bechtel, Mrs. Esther Marti and Mrs. Don Steiber, assisted by Mrs. Hugh Andre of Davenport, Mrs. George Aschom and Marie Kerndt of Lansing served refreshments. Annie Englehorn and Ben Decker were married at the bride's home on March 25, 1903, the Rev W. C. Zumsten officiating. There were no attendants at the wedding. A few months later Mr. Decker bought the store at Church from George Coppersmith and operates it at the present time. With the passage of years and the demands of the times, Mr. Decker added new features until today it is a modern general store. He was postmaster for 44 years and retired when that office was discontinued (by the postoffice department, The Lansing office now serves the community. Besides the three daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Decker have nine grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. While Mrs. Decker has no living brothers or sisters, he has two brothers, John and Sam and a sister, Mrs. Charles Hirth, with nieces and nephews of two generations. ~newspaper clipping, March 1953 ~contributed by Jim Fowler

Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Bulman, 45th, January 1954
Waukon Couple to Mark Wedding Anniversary – Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Bulman will celebrate their forty-fifth wedding anniversary Wednesday at an open house at their home from 2 to 4:30 and 7 to 9 p.m. A family buffet dinner will be served at 5:30. Mr. Bulman and the former Millie Johnson were married in 1909 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John G. Johnson, in Waukon. They have three children, Mrs. Harold Groth of Postville, Mrs. Douglas Hall of Becda and Donald Bulman of Waukon, and six grandchildren, all of whom will be present at the observance. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, January 24, 1954 - contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Otto P. Martin, 50th, January 1954

Mr. and Mrs. Otto P. Martin, 50th Anniv (photo by Ray Osterholm)
Mr. and Mrs. Otto P. Martin, who were married on Jan. 20, 1904, will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary
with open house from 2 to 5 p. m., and from 7 to 9 p. m. Sunday, Jan. 24. Friends are invited to call at that time.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Martin well known Waukon residents, were privileged to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary Sunday. A family dinner was enjoyed at noon at the Steiber Cafe in this city followed by open house at their own home from 2 until 5 p. m. and from 7 to 9 p. m. Scores of people called to offer congratulations to this worthy couple. Mr. Martin was born in Waukon on July 21, 1878, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Martin. He was literally born in the furniture business as his parents lived over the old frame furniture store on East Main St.. He worked for his father before and after school until he was about 16 when he went to work full time. He later took a course in embalming and became associated with his father in the furniture and undertaking business. In 1914 Otto's half-brother Williard joined the firm and their father retired. Mr. and Mrs. Martin, nee Mary Helen Hansmeier, were married Jan. 20th, 1904 at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hansmeier, who resided east of Waukon, by the pastory of the Zion Reformed Church, the Rev. G. D. Elliker. Waukon has since been their home. They are the parents of three sons and one daughter, namely; Howard of this city who is associated with his father in business here; Ralph, of Downey, Calif.; James of Southgate, Calif.; and Mrs. Oliver Kirkeby of Kenosha, Wis.; all all of whom were present to assist their parents celebrate their golden wedding anniversary. They have 8 grandchildren of whom they are proud of. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Martin of McGregor were also in attendance at the festivities. It is the wish of their many relatives and friends that they live to celebrate their diamond anniversary. ~newspaper clipping, January 1954 ~contributed by Jim Fowler

Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Hinrichs, 50th, June 1955
Waukon Couple Mark Their Golden Wedding. Observing their golden wedding anniversary today will be Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Hinrichs, who will have a family dinner in the city park, followed by an open house at their home from 2 to 5 p.m. Mr. Hinrichs and the former Mary Wilde were married June 14, 1905, in the Evangelical church at New Albin. Their parents were early settlers in Allamakee county. The couple farmed until 1946 and then moved to Waukon. Attending the observance are the Hinrichs’ four children and their families. The children are Lt. Cmdr. Merrill Hinrichs of Norfolk, Va.; Sylvan, of Waukon; Mrs. A. J. Hegemer of Petoskey, Mich., and Charles who is stationed with the coast guard at Norfolk. There are seven grandchildren. Others attending are Mrs. Hinrichs’ sisters, Mrs. Walter Hausman of Waukon and Mrs. Frank Weymiller of New Albin; Mr. Hinrichs’ brother, Irvin Hinrichs of Lintonwood, Ill., and his sister, Mrs. William Peters of St. Paul, and their families. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 19, 1955 - contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Reeder, 50th, June 1955
Waukon – Observing their golden wedding anniversary today will be Mr. and Mrs. Joe Reeder, who will hold open house from 2 to 5 p.m. at their home. The couple, life-long residents of Allamakee county, were married in Mt. Hope Presbyterian church June 27,1905. They farmed until moving to Waukon 20 years ago. Mr. Reeder was an employe of the county and state highway commission for 35 years. Among those present at the observance will be their daughters, Mrs. Velora Adney of Cedar Rapids and Mrs. Hubert Hermanson of Waukon, and a son, Lloyd Reeder of Des Moines, and their families. Mrs. Reeder’s sister, Mrs. Eliza Mohwinkle, and her brother, Wallace Long, of Elizabeth, Ill., and Mr. Reeder’s brother and sister, James Sheriff, of New Albin and Mrs. William Wiemerslage of Cedar Rapids, also will be present. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 26, 1955 -contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Spencer, 55th, September 1955

Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Spencer, 55th anniv., 1955

Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Spencer, 359 W. Mill St., will observe their 55th wedding anniversary at a family dinner at their home Saturday noon. Mr. and Mrs. Spencer were married Oct. 3,1900, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Bryant, Waukon, Iowa. Mrs. Spencer, the former Clara Bryant, was born at Waukon Aug. 11, 1878, and Mr. Spencer, was born at Waukon Aug. 1, 1876. Following their marriage, they resided at Waterville, Iowa and later moved to Tolley, N.D. before moving to Winona. Mr. Spencer ran his own harness shop in Waterville and Tolley, and when he came to Winona was employed at the Winona Harness Factory. They had three children, G Bryant, Montevideo, Minn.; Mrs. Edward Hass (Lucille), Winona, and Mrs. Herman Allen (Mildred) who died in 1943. They have seven grandchildren, Lee Spencer, Los Angeles, Calif.; Sue Ann Spencer, Montevideo; Pvt. Richard Allen, in service in Korea, and David, Marina and Wesley Allen and John Hass, Winona. Among the guests will be their son and his family, their daughter and her family; Mr. and Mrs. George Barthell, Waukon, brother-in-law and sister of Mrs. Spencer; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Henderson, Waukon, brother-in-law and sister of Mr. Spencer; Mrs. L. A, Probert, niece of Mrs. Spencer and her husband and daughter Jean, Waukon and Earl Forut, nephew of Mr. Spencer, and his wife, Newport, Minn. ~Daily News (Winona, Minnesota), September 27, 1955 ~contributed by Cindy Bray Lovell; Note: There are similar news items for their 50th and 60th anniversary with photos in the Winona paper on the following dates - September 28, 1950 and September 28, 1968.

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schuttemeier, 50th, June 1959

Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schuttemeier of New Albin, observed their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday with an open house at St. Peter's Evangelical and Reformed Church. Lifelong residents of Allamakee County, the Schuttemeiers were married June 10, 1909, in St. John's Church at Wheatland. Mrs. Schuttemeier is the former Frieda Hinrichs of Union City Township. They farmed in that vicinity until 1944, when they retired and came to New Albin. Their children are Otto Schuttemeier Jr., of Waukon, and Martin Schuttemeier and Mrs. John Breeser of New Albin. There are seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. ~newspaper clipping, hand-dated 1959 - contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sires, 50th, October 1960

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sires, 50th Anniversary 1960

Mr. and Mrs. Dan Sires will celebrate their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, Oct. 2, 1960, with open house at the Methodist Church hall, the hours 2 to 4 p.m. Their children are Gladys, at home; Calvin, Caledonia; Mrs. Otis (Lorraine) Britain, Spring Grove; Mrs. Bennis (Lois) Rosendahl, Dorchester; Robert, Dowagiac, Mich., and his twin, Mrs. William (Roberta) Kannenberg, Waukon; William, New Albin; and Mrs. Norman (Alpha) Rosendahl, Waukon. They have 18 grandchildren. Anna Hahn and Daneil Sires were married in Waukon Sept. 27, 1910, by the Rev. VanNice. They farmed around Dorchester until four years ago when they retired and moved to New Albin. Mrs. Sires is 66 and Mr. Sires 69. She was born in Aurora, S.D., and he is a native of Allamakee County. ~Newspaper clipping - contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thomson, 58th, April 1961
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson observed their 58th wedding anniversary at their home Saturday, April 29th. Martha and Robert Thomson were married in New Albin April 29, 1903, by the Rev. Herbert Kester. They have lived in New Albin since their marriage. Mrs. Thomson was born in Bromberg, Germany, Sept. 4, 1877. She came to the United States with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Holz, when she was 3 years old. Mr. Thomson was born in New Albin on June 14, 1879. Now retired, he was in the furniture and undertaking business from 1904 to 1942. He also served on the Iowa State Conservation Commission survey crew from 1942 until 1949. To this union were born 3 children: Mrs. Herbert (Vera) Paulson, deceased; Donald of New Albin, and Mrs. Harold Stevens of Janesville, Wis. They have 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Mr. Thomson was a member of the first graduating class in 1896 of New Albin High School. Mrs. Harold Stevens and son, Donald of Janesville, and her brother of New Albin, were dinner guests at the Thomson home. ~newspaper clipping, hand-dated 1961 - contributed by Errin Wilker
Mr. & Mrs. Adolph J. Mathis, 50th, June 1961
Waukon- An open house in celebration of the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph J. Mathis will be held next Sunday from 2 to 4 at St. Ann’s Catholic church in Harpers Ferry. The former Nellie Burns and Mr. Mathis were married June 6, 1911, at Wexford. They lived on a farm in Lafayette township before moving here in 1958. The Mathis’ have 5 sons, Delbert, Willis, and Raymond, all of Lafayette township; Maurice of here, and Everett of Tampa, Fla., and 22 grandchildren. ~Cedar Rapid Gazette; June 25,1961 -contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schulte, 50th, August 1961
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schulte will observe their golden wedding anniversary Sunday at a family dinner in St. Mary’s Catholic church in Dorchester. The dinner will be followed by an open house from 2 to 4 in the church parlors. The couple has 6 children, including Clarence, Vincent, Henry, Joseph and Bernard, all of Dorchester and Mrs. Joseph Gavin. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, August 31, 1961 - contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. And Mrs. August Reinke, 25th, October 1961
Seventy-five relatives surprised Mr. and Mrs. August Reinke at the Bellon Hall Sunday evening, the occasion being their 25th wedding anniversary. Laura Vonderohe and August Reinke were married Oct. 16, 1936 at St. John's United Church of Christ at Wheatland. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Vonderohe, who were present at this happy affair. A pot-luck supper was served with the remainder of the evening being spent playing progressive euchre. Prize winners were Mrs. Henry Vonderohe, ladies high; Mrs. Leonard Wiegreffe, ladies low; Elmer Meyer, mens high; and Robert Rienke, mens low. The honored guests were presented with a gift. A midnight lunch concluded a most enjoyable evening, the guests departing at a late hour wishing the couple many more anniversaries. ~Allamakee Journal, October 18, 1961 - contributed by Errin Wilker
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hancock, 50th, April 1963
Fred Hancocks Note Golden Anniversary. Waukon – A family dinner Sunday will honor Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hancock, who are celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary. A reception will be held from 2 to 5 in the Farm Bureau building. The Hancocks were married in April, 1913, at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Hanover township. They farmed until 15 years ago and then moved to town. Their children are Vincent of Waterloo; Mrs. Maurice Blocker and Mrs. James Burke of Hanover township, and Mrs. Vincent Schultz of Dorchester. They have 26 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, April 18, 1963 - contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schuldt, 50th, March 1964

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schuldt will observe their 50th Wedding Anniversary with an open house from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, April 5, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ parlors, New Albin. Herman Schuldt and Emma Meyer were married at St. John's United Church of Christ near New Albin, on March 18, 1914. They were attended by George W. Meyer and Minnie Meyer, now Mrs. Gottfried Loeffler. Mr. and Mrs. Schuldt farmed in Crooked Creek Township, Houston County, Minn., for 44 years. They retired and moved to New Albin on Feb. 27, 1958. They are the parents of seven children: Mrs. Walter (Orinda) Stehr, and Mrs. Elmer (Melinda) Kohlmeier, Caledonia, Minn.; Harold Schuldt, Ferryville, Wis.; Mrs. Edwin (Vernetta) Niedfeldt, Bangor, Wis.; Alton Schuldt and Wilbur Schuldt, New Albin; and Mrs. Harold (Wilma) Wallen, Onalaska, Wis. They have twenty-four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. No invitations will be sent. ~newspaper clipping, hand-dated 1964 - contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Jaster, 25th,, May 1966
To Hold Open House for Ossian Couple. Ossian – Mr. and Mrs. John L. Jaster will be honored Sunday on their silver wedding anniversary with an open house from 2 to 5 in their home. Mr. Jaster and the former Neva Waters were married May 29, 1941, in Postville. They have two children and three grand-children. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 26,1966 - contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Schulte, 50th, June 1966
The Joseph Schultes Plan Open House. Waukon – An open house Sunday from 2 to 5 in Veterans hall will honor Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Schulte on their 50th wedding anniversary. The couple was married June 6, 1916, in Dorchester. Mrs. Schulte is the former Rose Duffy. They have 12 children, 54 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, May 26, 1966 - contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Lysander Darling, 63rd, May 1967
Mr. and Mrs. Lysander Darling were honored on their 63rd wedding anniversary with a family picnic in the tourist park on Sunday. Clara Myers and Lysander Darling were married May 23, 1904 in Caledonia, Minn. and lived their entire lives in this vicinity. They are the parents of twelve children: Vernon, Melvin, Tom and Elton, New Albin; Robert, Strawberry Point; Mrs. Elsie Williams, Mrs. Leonard Steele, Waukon; Mrs. Ray Kilby, Charles City; Mrs. Ray Verdon, DeSoto, Wis. and Belva at home. A son, Sgt. Douglas Darling, was killed in action during World War II and a daughter died in infancy. They have 37 grandchildren and 66 great grandchildren. ~Allamakee Journal, Lansing, Iowa, May 24, 1967 - contributed by Paul Moritz
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sires, 60th, September 1967

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sires 60th wedding anniv. 1967

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sires celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at their home on Sunday, Oct. 1, 1967.  Lena Hahn and Roy Sires were married Sept. 25, 1907 at Waukon, Iowa, by Pastor VanNice.   They are the parents of nine children, 6 daughters and 3 sons, who were present for the celebration: Mrs. Ronald (Sylvia) May, Mrs. Dervin (Goldie) Rocksvold and Mrs. Clayton (Emerald) Grahlman of Clayton, Iowa; James of Marshalltown, Ia.; Mrs. Lowell (Opal) Britain of Lincoln, Neb.; Mrs. Leo (Pearl) Ehde of Frankville, Ia.; S/Sgt. Sardius Sires of Petersen Field, Colo.; Mrs. Albert (Beryl) Pokorny of Havana, Ill. and Roy Sires, Jr. of Waterloo, Ia. There are 25 grand­children and 14 great-grandchildren.   Those attending the celebration were Dan Sires, Mrs. Joe Crowley and Gladys Sires of New Albin, Ia.; Mrs. Elmer Middendorf of Caledonia, Minn.; Mrs. Claude Grahlman and Susan and Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Gordon of Waukon; Mrs. George Brocius and Scott of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mr. and Mrs. James Grahlman, Mr. and Mrs. William Behrend and family of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Junior Kurth of Luana, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rocksvold and Tiffany, Mrs. Dervin Rocksvold, Zelda Favert, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Grahlman, and Mrs. Ronald May and John and Jim of Clayton, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pokorny and family of Havana, Ill.; Mr. and Mrs. James Sires and Roy Britain of Marshalltown, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Sires, Jr. and family of Waterloo, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Ehde and family of Frankville, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Stegen and boys of Hutchinson, Minn. and S/Sgt. and Mrs. Sardius Sires and daughter of Petersen Field, Colo.   Mr. and Mrs. Sires were en­gaged in farming until about 25 years ago when they retired and moved to Hawkeye, Ia.   Mr. Sires tells about his and Mrs. Sires' life. On the morning of Sept. 25, 1907, he and his bride and his mother drove to Waukon with team and buggy where they were married. It was a 14 mile drive from Dorchester and the frost was so thick the bushes were hanging just full and had the look of Christmas.   They began their married life together way back sixty long years ago. They saw hard times back in the World War I when they had to buy $18.00 to $20.00 of such things as rye, barley and rice flour in order to get a fifty pound bag of wheat flour. And they got used to buying three and often times four pairs of shoes but they never complained as they were so much better off than a good many others in the world.   The Lord has been wonderful to them as all nine of their children were all here to help them celebrate this happy occasion. There hasn't been a single death in the whole family, for which they thank The Heavenly Father, and now they number into the sixties. Mr. Sires states he is not boasting, only THANKFUL. ~newspaper clipping from an unknown paper - contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Gottfried Loeffler, 50th, September 1970

Mr. and Mrs. Gottfried Loeffler of New Albin, will observe their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Sept. 6, 1970, with an open house from 2-5 p.m. in St. Peter's United Church of Christ, New Albin. They are the parents of three children: Mrs. Louie Beneke, Eitzen, MN; Leander, Houston, MN; and Donald, La Crescent, MN. They have ten grandchildren. Gottfried Loeffler and the former Minnie Meyer were married Sept. 15, 1920, by Rev. Storker at St. Peter's United Church of Christ. Friends and relatives are cordially invited to attend with no further invitation. ~newspaper clipping, undated - contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Kelly, 50th, December 1971
Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Kelly will observe their 50th wedding anniversary today with an open house from 2 to 5 at the Rossville Presbyterian church. Mr. Kelly and the former Gusta Gjetlo were married Dec. 14, 1921, in Waukon. Hostesses for the event will be their two daughters; Mrs. Roger Hansmeier of Waukon and Mrs. Harlan Kirkeby of Winona, Minn. and a daughter-in-law Mrs. William Byrnes of Waukon. The Kellys have eight grandchildren. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette; December 12, 1971 – contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. & Mrs. Hall Swenson, 50th, March 1972


Mr. & Mrs. Hall L. Swenson

Mr. and Mrs. Hall Swenson of Postville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, Sunday, March 12. An open house will be held from 2 to 4:00 p.m. at the Forest Mills United Methodist church parlors. No invitations are being sent. Everyone is cordially invited. ~Postville Herald, Wed. March 8, 1972 - from Reid R. Johnson. Note: Hall Leroy Swenson & Florence A. Lindroth were married 03/08/1922.

Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gilbertson, 50th, September 1972
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Gilbertson will honor them at a golden wedding anniversary open house from 2 to 4:30 today at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran church where they were married. Their children are Emily Gilbertson of Waukon, the Rev. Gaylen Gilbertson of St. Paul, and Walter Gilbertson, Winona, Minn. They have seven grandchildren. Mr. Gilbertson and the former Cora Fossem were married Sept. 27, 1932. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette; June 18, 1972 - contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. & Mrs. Ingvald Bratrud, 50th, March 1973
Waterville, Mr. Ingvald Bratrud and his wife, the former Inga Olson, will mark their 50th wedding anniversary today with an open house from 2 to 4 at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran Church. Hosts are their children and families. The Orville Bratruds and the Loren Bulmans. The Bratruds were married March 21, 1923, in Waterville. There are three grand-daughters. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 10, 1973 -contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Grangaard, 50th, June 1974
An open house next Sunday at St. John’s Lutheran church from 2 to 4:30 will mark the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Grangaard. Mr. Grangaard and the former Inger Thygesen were married at Old East Paint Creek Lutheran church in Waterville June 12, 1924. Hosts for the event will be their children and families. Mr. and Mrs. Keith Paulson, Austin, Minn., and Mr. and Mrs. Arne Grangaard, Minneapolis. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 9, 1974 - contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson, 50th, February 1975
Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Johnson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary today with an open house from 2 to 4 at the First Presbyterian church in Waukon. Hosts will be their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Johnson of Las Vegas, Nev. The former Esther Barthell and Mr. Johnson were married Feb. 24, 1925, in St. Paul, Minn. They have three grandchildren. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette; June 15, 1975 - contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Lindblom, 50th, March 1975
An open house will be given today from 2 to 4 at the Farm Bureau building in Waukon honoring Mr. and Mrs. J. Harold Lindblom. The occasion is the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary. Hosts will be their children and families: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Lindblom of Tuscaloosa, Ala; Mr. and Mrs. John Lindblom of Wheaton, Ill., and Ron of New York City. Mr. Lindblom and the former Zeraph Hedstrom were married March 17, 1925, in Minneapolis. They have four grandchildren. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette; July 7, 1975 – contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Bartley Needham, 50th, April 1975
Mr. and Mrs. Bartley Needham celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday with a mass of thanksgiving at Northgate Manor. They will be honored today with a family dinner at the home of their son and daughter-in-law. Mr. and Mrs. Hartley Needham, Jr., also of Waukon. Other hosts include another son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Dale Needham of Cedar Rapids. Mr. Needham and the former Katherine Sweeney were married April 29, 1925, in Waukon. They have four grandchildren. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette; April 20, 1975 – contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. George Meyer, 60th, July 1975

Mr. and Mrs. George W.C. Meyer celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary at an open house on Sunday, July 27, at the Town House in New Albin. ~newspaper clipping, hand-dated 1975. Note: George W.C. Meyer and Caroline Catharina Anna Meyer (maiden name also Meyer) were married 22 Jul 1915 - contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bulman, 50th, September 1975
The Clarence Bulmans will note their 50th wedding anniversary today from 2 to 4 at the Farm Bureau's building in Waukon. They were married in Roseau, Minn., Sept. 4, 1925. Mrs. Bulman is the former Mary Spiegler. Their four children and families will be hosts. They are: The Barton Bulmans, Caledonia, Minn.; the Robert Nashes and the Gary Bulmans, all of Waukon, and the James Snitkers of Cedar Rapids. There are 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. ~Cedar Rapids Gazette; August 31, 1975 – contributed by Diana Henry Diedrich
Mr. and Mrs. Kern Kelleher, 40th, 1976
Among the people away who attended the 40th wedding anniversary open house honoring Mr. and Mrs. Kern Kelleher of Lansing was Mrs. Willi Senftl of Langenbach, Bavaria, West Germany. Mrs. Langenbach is the former Anna Raith, who spent the 1951-52 school year with the Kellehers as an international foreign exchange student. Her visit came as a most pleasant surprise for the Kellehers. Others who attended the open house from away were their daughters, Mrs. Dan (Joan) Lawson and family of South Bend, IN; Mrs. Jim (Dorothy) Hoksch and family of Burlington, WI; Mary Kelleher and Margaret Thornton of Madison, WI; Mrs. Curt Green of Mountain Home, ID; Mrs. Pat Delaney and daughters of Chatfield, MN; Mrs. A.F. Hoffman and daughter Kay of Dubuque; and Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Gruber of Monona. ~newspaper clipping, undated - contributed by Errin Wilker
Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Meyers, 50th, June 1976
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Weymiller and granddaughters, Renee Weymiller and Jody Welper, Alfred and Irvin Meyer, all of New Albin, flew to Brewster, Washington on June 24, to attend the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Freeman and Phyllis Meyer. Those driving out were Mr. and Mrs. Joe Beardmore and daughter, Mrs. Dale (Gladys) Denstad of Caledonia, Minnesota; Melvin Meyer family of La Crescent, Minnesota. Other relatives attending the celebration were Freeman's brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Meyer and grandson, Las Vegas, Nevada; Mr: and Mrs. Earl Meyer of Slidell. Louisiana; and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meyer of Burlington, Iowa. Phyllis' brothers and sister were there from Montana as well as Minot and Jamestown, North Dakota. The affair was hosted by the couple's children. Mr. Veron Meyer of Renton, Washington; Mrs. Art (Vivette) Smart of Seattle, Washington; and Betty Smith of Brewster. The Meyers have 12 grandchildren and all were present. The Meyers and Weymillers also visited the latter's cousin, Mrs. James Port of Wenatchee, Washington, and the Grand Coulee Dam which is between Spokane and Brewster. They returned New Albin on July 1. The Freeman Meyers are former residents of New Albin. ~Allamakee Journal, July 14, 1976 - contributed by Errin Wilker
Mr. and Mrs. Garland Byrnes, 50th, July 1976
Mr. and Mrs. Garland Byrnes of rural Waukon will be honored at a 40th anniversary potluck dinner reception at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 11, 1976, at the Farm Bureau Building in Waukon. This follows a mass of thanksgiving at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hanover, which will be held at 10 a.m. The affair is being sponsored by children of the couple, all of whom expect to be present. They are: Patrick of Waterloo; Mrs. Robert (Elizabeth) McMillan of Stanley; Dennis of Dorchester; Mrs. Donald (Margaret) Oldham of Kingsville, Texas; Roger of Monona; and Ed of Palatine, Illinois. They have 24 grandchildren. Mary Reddy and Garland Byrnes were married at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on July 14, 1936. They have been farming in Hanover and French Creek township since then. Friends, relatives and neighbors are invited to attend. The couple request no gifts. ~Allamakee Journal, July 7, 1976 - contributed by Errin Wilker
Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Oitzmann, 40th, November 1976

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Oitzmann, New Albin, would like to invite their relatives and friends to help them celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 27. The open house is from 7 to 9 p.m., and dancing from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., at Mal-Cal-Grove Country Club, Caledonia, Minn. It will be hosted by their children and spouses: Mr. and Mrs. LaMoine Middendorf, Mr. and Mrs. Farrell Guillien, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Oitzmann, Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Wild, and Mr. and Mrs. Verne Goetzinger. ~Caledonia Argus, Caledonia, MN, Nov. 25, 1976 - contributed by Errin Wilker - see also their 1986, 50th Anniversary announcement: 1980-present
Alt spelling: Oitzman

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Beardmore, 50th, 1978

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Beardmore

Joseph & Hilda (Meyer) Beardmore, New Albin, Iowa, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday at Starlite Lanes, Caledonia, Minn., with an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. Hosts will be their daughter and son-in-law, Gladys and Dale Denstad of Caledonia and their three children. The couple was married in St. John’s Church, Wheatland, Iowa. The couple has farmed in the New Albin area all of their married life. ~Allamakee Journal, Lansing, IA, hand-dated 1978 ~contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Buege, 50th, September 1978

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Buege

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Buege, New Albin, Iowa, will celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary Sunday, Sept. 17, with a mass at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, New Albin, at 11:00 a.m. followed by an open house reception in the church basement until 3:30. Everyone is welcome. Stanley Buege and Theresa Dennis were married Sept. 18, 1928 at Caledonia, Minn. The event is being hosted by the couple’s seven children: Mr. Glen Buege, New Albin, Iowa, Mrs. Donald (Marcella) Althof, Stoddard, Wis., Mrs. Robert (Mae) Blair, Wabasha, Minn., Mr. Wayne Buege, Mrs. Gary (Ellie) Meyer, Mr. Robert Buege, and Mrs. Charles (Grace) Meyer, all of Caledonia, Minn. There are 36 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. No further invitations are being sent. ~newspaper clipping, Sept. 1978 ~contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Darling, 50th, October 1978

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Darling

Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Darling, New Albin, Iowa, will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday; Oct. 22, with a Mass in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, New Albin, at 11 a.m. An open house will be in the church basement from 2 to 5 p.m. Darling and Gertrude Ghelf, both of New Albin, were married Oct. 22, 1928, in New Albin. Hosts for the open house will be their children and their spouses: Mr. and Mrs. Al Smerud of La Crosse, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Metzdorff of Mackinaw, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. Brent Darling of Lansing. The couple has nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Darling worked for the Trane Co. for 20 years, retiring in 1972. ~Allamakee Journal, Oct. 1978- contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Smith, 35th, November 1978

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Smith

Family members and friends held a potluck dinner for Lyla and Kenneth Smith in honor of their 35th wedding anniversary Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Farm Bureau building in Waukon. It was hosted by their ten children. Peggy Smith and Patty Donahue served punch and Mrs. Ronald Smith poured coffee. The anniversary cake was cut by Mrs. Tom Lydon and Mrs. Rodney Fink. Pamela Freese was at the guest book. Velma Mack, Kenneth’s sister, opened the program by welcoming everyone. Sheila Colsch, Sherry Mellick and Linda Sires sang “You Light Up My Life” and “Wherever You Go.” Paul Solberg, Lyla’s brother, read the life story of Kenneth and Lyla followed by a song from their grandchildren. Special singing guests for the afternoon were Forrest Sires, Mae Crowley, Ruby Middendorf, Raymond Sires, Joel Sires and Craig Lee. Karen Lee accompanied them on the piano. The Smiths received many cards and gifts to remember the occasion. ~clipping from an unknown newspaper, Nov. 1978- contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. James Kelleher, 40th, November 1978
Mr. and Mrs. James Kelleher celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary with friends and relatives at an open house Sunday, Nov. 26. They were married Nov. 24, 1938 at Wexford. Attendants were Mr. and Mrs. Victor Johnson. The hall was decorated with fall flowers and the tables had candle centerpieces. Host and hostess were Mr. and Mrs. William Welsh. Gladys Jenkins was at the guest book and Rosanne Sweeney served punch. Myrta Protsman poured coffee while Ferne Wendel cut the cake. Helping in the kitchen were Alice Hanson, Judy Hartong, Kathy Ellenbolt, Millie Goodell, Veronica Conway, Mary Reed and Norene Manderschied. Out of town guests who came to share the day with Ruth and Jim were from: Chicago, IL; North Lauderdale, FL; King, Onalaska, Tempealeau, Hager City and La Crosse, WI; Minneapolis and La Crescent, MN, and Dubuque, New Albin, Wexford, Harpers Ferry, Waukon, Waterville and Monona. ~Allamakee Journal, Lansing, IA, Dec. 1978 ~contributed by Errin Wilker
Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Hermanson, 50th, December 1978

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Hermanson

Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Hermanson will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday, Dec. 10 with an open house at St. John’s Lutheran Church from 2 to 4 p.m. The event is hosted by their children: Mr. and Mrs. Truman Wurtzel, Mr. and Mrs. Hubie Hermanson and Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Hermanson. All relatives, friends and neighbors are invited to attend and no further invitations will be sent. Their actual wedding date is Dec. 12. ~Allamakee Journal, Dec. 1978- contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Strub, 50th, January 1979
Mr. and Mrs. Nick Strub, January 29, 1929
1929
Mr. and Mrs. Nick Strub, January 29, 1979
1979

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Strub of New Albin will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, January 28, with a 12:30 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph's Church, New Albin, and an open house reception following in the parish hall from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. They were married on January 29, 1929, and have seven children and twenty-seven grandchildren. No further invitations will be sent. ~newspaper clipping, undated - contributed by Errin Wilker

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50th Wedding Anniversary of Nick and Marcella Strub
Married January 29, 1929; St. Ann's Church, Harpers Ferry, Iowa
Attendants: Mildred (Strub) Bootholder and Peter Conway
Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrated January 28, 1979, St. Joseph's Church, New Albin, Iowa
Children: Charles, Earl, Daniel, Marcella, Margaret, Ann and Bernice
A sincere thank-you to the priests, altar boys, our children, grandchildren, relatives and friends for their part in making this day such a happy and memorable occasion for us. God bless you all, Nick and Marcella ~Anniversary Celebration Card, 1979 -contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Mauss, 40th, June 1979
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Mauss will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday, June 24, 1979 with a Mass at 1 p.m. followed by an Open House from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall in New Albin, Iowa. Hosts for the occasion will be Mary and Jim Benson, Elmhurst, Ill.; Doris and Charles Berns, Harpers Ferry, Iowa; Pat and Jim Wellendorf, Lansing, Iowa; Rita and Jim Sanchez, La Crosse, Wis.; Larry Mauss, La Crosse, Wis.; and David and Dale Mauss of New Albin. No further invitations will be sent, and Bernard and Lucille would hope to see all their relatives and friends on this happy occasion. ~Allamakee Journal, June 1979 - contributed by Errin Wilker
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Leppert, 50th, June 1979

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Leppert

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Leppert celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, July 22, 1979. They were married in her parents’ home on June 12, 1929. Odean Sandry, friend of the groom, was best man and Esther Siekmeier Buntrock, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. Their three children and ten grandchildren were hosts for the event: Howard and Della Leppert, Jeff, Greg and Natalie; Robert and Barbara Leppert, Josey, Lesa, Audrey and Andy, all of Lansing; and Ruth Leppert Beyer, Kevin, Chris and Jason of Houston, Texas. Clara’s sisters were all present. They are Mrs. Mary Shindoll, Mrs. Anna Moline, Mrs. Esther Buntrock, Mrs. Ruth Klocke and Mrs. Dorothy Fiet, all of Waukon; and Mrs. Lydia Miller of Hawkeye. Lesa Leppert drove from Primilay, Ohio to be present for the event. Mrs. Ronald Feuerhelm baked the cake. Josey cut and served it. Della Leppert poured. The granddaughters served punch and the grandsons arranged the seating. Many other friends and relatives enjoyed sharing this joyous occasion. ~Allamakee Journal, July 1979 - contributed by Errin Wilker

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ferring, 50th, February 1980 (celebrated in July 1979)

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Ferring

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Ferring of Lansing will observe their golden wedding anniversary on Saturday, July 28, 1979 with a 1 p.m. mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Lansing, followed by an open house reception in the church basement from 2 to 5 p.m. hosted by their children. Alma Cole and Joseph Ferring were married on February 11, 1930 in Dubuque. They are the parents of eleven children: Mrs. Giles (Virginia) Ede and Mrs. Gary (Donna) Danzer, Dubuque; Keith Ferring, Tom Ferring and Dwayne Ferring, all of Omaha, Neb.; Jerry Ferring and Mrs. Steve (Rita) Heim of Cedar Rapids; Mrs. Tom (Bernice) Donegan of Denver, Colo.; Ron Ferring of Blair, Neb.; Mrs. Keith (Mary) Garrett of Grinnell; and Bill Ferring of Lansing. ~Allamakee Journal, July 1979 - contributed by Errin Wilker

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